Yes, you read that right. 57 miles. 92 kilometers. That’s the odometer reading of this Canadian MA71 Toyota Supra Turbo, likely a dealership showpiece for nearly 25 years. Now it’s being offered by County Hills Toyota-Scion in Calgary after a lifetime of being wrapped in the original plastic.
There’s not much to be said about this car, because it’s as perfect as perfect can be. It’s even got a 5-speed, unlike a good portion of Supras coddled by elderly owners. It’s also the slightly preferable kouki version, with the split “grille” nose and bridged taillights.
Just torque down the head bolts and drive it like the brand new Wangan beast it is. In 1988, the JDM-spec Supra Turbo A was the fastest car in Japan, a record it held it was dethroned by the R32 Skyline GT-R. Famously, Kazunori Yamauchi said that a chance spotting of a black MA71 inspired his love for cars. In other words, it was indirectly responsible for launching the entire Gran Turismo franchise.
So what exactly is the price of an untouched Toyota flagship from the Bubble Era? $69,998 Canadian, which translates to about $65,157 USD. See the ad here.
Wonder what the monthly payment is…
(Where do I sign) ?
only $40k adjusted for inflation in 1990 dollars
Makes it sound kinda reasonable.
Gas tank is half full. Has the same gas been in there for 24 years?
I hope not. I would think some serious time would have to be spent going through the car including all new fluids, etc.
Oddly enough, that’s probably not as bad as it would be if it were modern, ethanol-blended gas. Ethanol is corrosive and would likely have destroyed the fuel system while this would probably just gum some things up. Yeah, it still all needs to be cleaned out but at least the older gas without MTBE or ethanol likely won’t ruin much of anything beyond repair.
Wonder if you get a factoy warrenty ?
Never had to do this, but “torque down the head bolts?”
I think that model of supra had leaky head gaskets? Heard something along those lines… Not a very big issue though for a sports car (in general, not just from then 90’s)
Ahhhhh… I avoid taking things apart unless I actually NEED to… Can’t break it if ya ain’t futzin’ with it. One good thing about older vehicles – after a while, any weaknesses become known at someone else’s expense, and you know what to look for.
Sweet ride, though. That and the first gen (like Ben’s) are my favorites. More at the Touring Car class.
The Toyota factory didn’t torque the headbolts down tight enough back in the day. As a result, the head gasket will fail at some point in it’s life.
7M apparently had the wrong material used in the headgasket and the factory torque settings of I think 90nm weren’t adequate – they either retorque the standard gasket to 110-120 from memory or put it a metal one and aftermarket studs, after that they’re practically bulletproof.
You’re all right, Toyota always had wrong material (asbestos) for head gasket at that time since the low seventies but the problem was much evident on six cylinders engines, the new (1986) head bolds came in second for that same problem with all 7M.
I’m somewhere between surprised and stunned that Toyota – or any other Japanese manufacturer – either overlooked something as simple as torque specs on an engine part, or used the wrong materials… I sadly kind of expect that of some companies anymore, but Japanese vehicles’ reputations were built on being BULLETPROOF. That’s why I went from just liking to owning Japanese vehicles, after all… That’s why my parents went GM -> Suzuki (Metro)/Toyota; sister and brother-in-law went Ford -> Nissan/Honda/Toyota.
They all do that and not only Toyota, remember 5MGE was near bulletproof and was about the same engine (cylinder block) than 7MGE, only crankshaft and cylinder head was different but head bolts degenerate the problem on 7M and was only usable once, was poor grade quality and do not resist stress. No manufacturers in the world want to built bulletproof cars today.
Thats amazing… so clean a perfect with next to no miles. Should be in a museum.
What a really nice car – however I don’t see the point in storing and never driving cars. All this car is to me is just a giant plastic model that sits on the shelf.
It’s at that point where it’s not so much a car, as a piece of art. Of course, if it gets driven, then it’ll be just another car in about a year, albeit a very nice car.
Like Kane said, it should probably head into a museum at this point – at the very least, it’d be fantastic for reference for resto parts.
According to the commentators on Jalopnik, the car was bought from the original owner, and the dealership hasn’t quite taken car of the car, as they allowed folks to sit in it until recently. There also was some other cosmetic issues, and one has to wonder about the internals. It was listed at a “paltry” $49K (CDN) a few years back.
Seen this car in person and it’s crazy how clean it is been for sale for at least a year. There is also this at south point Toyota in calgary http://www.kijiji.ca/v-cars-trucks/calgary/1979-toyota-cressida-cressida/1001936298?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
That’s sick nice…
Love the big Supras